Using lithium to reduce suicide risk in bipolar disorder

Why lithium is the best medication option, and how to make it work better.

As the treatment arsenal for bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder has expanded in recent years, some experts have become concerned that lithium — a mainstay of treatment since FDA approval in 1970 and still considered the most effective option for long-term therapy — may be falling out of favor.

To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »